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Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger Raises Enough to Provide Over 31,000 Meals; My New Goal is Food Drive 500; Support from Got You Floored!

Hunger Fact of the Day: Every year Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger is one of the largest single sources of donations for the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association’s Food Drive. This year it raised enough to provide over 31,000 meals, and that’s before including the online donations they’ve generated! 

Today’s sponsor:

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It would be hard to exaggerate how amazing Got You Floored is when it comes to supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC each and every year. The company donates a portion of the revenue generated from online orders from members of PTAA – in the members’ names – to Second Harvest every year. They also sponsor and organize Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger (named after company founder Matt Ketterman) every July, which raises thousands of dollars for the Food Bank. This year’s run, which just happened on July 7, raised enough money to provide over 31,000 meals for the food insecure families of NW North Carolina.

What makes this year’s run so amazing is that Matt and his team pulled it off just weeks after experiencing a catastrophic fire that destroyed their facility. That means they helped the community at a time when they had their own struggles, which makes it that much more amazing.

As you might be able to tell, I’m a huge fan of Got You Floored and have even been a very satisfied customer in the past. Give them a shout for any flooring needs you might have

Activity Day 68:

Hallelujah! As planned, I made my goal of completing a 367-mile walk between May 1 and July 7. That last magical mile came during Matt’s Run to Fight Hunger in Greensboro, which is exactly how I wanted it to happen. Unfortunately, I haven’t made my monetary goal so I’m going to extend the challenge. The new challenge is to keep going and make it to 500 miles by the end of July, which is the end of PTAA’s Food Drive. We’re calling it the Food Drive 500, and I’m determined to get there and to make my monetary goal. Want to help? Click on the “Donate Now” button at the bottom of this post and you’ll be able to help feed the hungry in our community.

Miles walked/run: 5.88 miles. Here’s the screenshot from my FitBit:

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Miles remaining in challenge: Old goal was met! Miles remaining for new goal: 130.69

Want to donate to support Second Harvest? It’s easy to do right here!


The Agony of Dafeet

As I've written about in years past the organization I work for, Piedmont Triad Apartment Association, does an annual food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC.  One of the cool developments over the last couple of years is the development of other fundraisers tied to ours and a perfect example is Matt's Run to Fight Hunger.

One of our board members, Matt Ketterman, has a running streak of running at least one mile every day for over 22 years. That's 8,030 straight days for those of you who are counting.  A couple of years ago to celebrate his streak hitting 20 years Matt started his run to fight hunger with the help of Off 'n Running in Greensboro, NC. The concept was simple: bring a food or cash donation as your entry "fee" to the the run and then run a 5 or 10k with a bunch of like-minded runners.  The run was a big success so Matt did it again last year and this year he really ramped it up and decided to set a goal of raising one dollar for every mile of his streak, or $8,030. 

This year's run happened on the morning of July 6 and Matt had over 200 runners show up and he raised more than his $8,030 goal. Below is the Fox8 story about the run (you can see yours truly really suffering through the last part of the 10k at about the 1:55 point of the story) and although they say the run raised $7,000 that was just the morning of the race: donations continue to come in even as I type this.

FYI, PTAA will be sponsoring the annual Fill the Stands With Cans effort for Second Harvest this Friday (July 19) at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game and next Friday (July 26) at the Winston-Salem Dash game. If you bring a food or cash donation to the game you'll automatically be entered for a prize drawing. Hope to see you there!